No one wants to be stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire or a failed battery. Before you head to your family’s home for the holidays, make sure your vehicle maintenance is up to date.
According to an article at fema.gov, “Winter Car Care”
“There are two aspects of vehicle preparedness during the winter months: Maintaining your vehicle to reduce the risk of an accident, breakdown, or other problems; and having the right equipment on hand to solve problems that do arise.
Here are some important things you should check when winterizing your vehicle. Most of these steps can be handled without assistance from a mechanic:
- Antifreeze levels
- Batteries (terminals should be clean)
- Brakes (check for wear and brake fluid)
- Exhaust system, for leaks, clogs and crimped/otherwise damaged pipes
- Heater and defroster
- Head and tail lights, turn signals and hazard lights. Make sure they’re working and are visible
- Engine oil levels. If the oil needs to be changed, http://www.ready.gov recommends using a lighter oil, which lubricates better at lower temperatures and doesn’t congeal like heavy oils
- Wear and condition of windshield wipers, as well as levels of windshield washer fluid. Use a winter formula of windshield washer fluid. “To read the entire article click here.